A MAJOR exhibition of works by one of the world’s finest sculptors has opened at Paisley Museum.

Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the historic venue to view ‘Alexander Stoddart: The Paisley Sculptor.’
Paisley artist Mr Stoddart – who is known as Sandy to his friends – is one of the most distinguished artists working in Scotland today and many of his works can be seen worldwide.
In 2008, he was appointed Sculptor in Ordinary to the Queen in Scotland and he is also a Freeman of Renfrewshire.

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From Renfrewshire to Delhi: Local representative set off for bootcamp ahead of Commonwealth Games handover ceremony

Renfrewshire’s Provost wished good luck to an excited group of Renfrewshire representatives as they headed off for three intensive weeks of bootcamp, before taking part in the Glasgow 2014 Flag Handover Ceremony in Delhi next month.

Nine people from Renfrewshire, six dancers and three community sports ambassadors, have been selected to join representatives from across Scotland taking part in the performance, at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on October 14.

Before they go, they are taking part in for three intensive weeks of Bootcamp in Glasgow, where they will rehearse a mass choreographed dance routine for the ceremony.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “I am delighted that this talented group will be representing Renfrewshire, performing in front of a capacity crowd of 60,000 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. This is an amazing opportunity and we are all very excited for them. As well as taking part in the ceremony they will return to Renfrewshire and share their training and experience with local schools and communities, helping to build Renfrewshire’s legacy as the Gateway to the Games 2014. I am sure they will make us all proud.”

The Flag Handover Ceremony is the event that concludes the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and it will be the first public statement to the world that Glasgow will be the next Host City, inviting the world to Glasgow in four years time.

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive John Scott said: “We deliberately developed an innovative recruitment model that would ensure that people from a range of communities and diverse backgrounds from all over Scotland would have the opportunity of a lifetime to proudly represent Scotland as part of the 346-strong Cast who will perform the eight minute performance.

“Glasgow Life who have managed the project worked closely with existing Scottish education, sports, arts and volunteering networks to recruit the Cast Members. This wasn’t the easiest route to take, but it was the one with the greatest potential to create a once in a lifetime opportunity for people from across Scotland. After the Handover Ceremony, cast members will become Ambassadors for the Games in their community, and will be involved with the Games for the next four years, leaving a positive and direct legacy that is Scotland-wide.”

Aileen Stevenson, 25, Kilbarchan said: “Going to Delhi is pretty awesome. It’s a good opportunity to see the world. It’s very exciting but I think it’s also going to be a lot of hard work.”

The Closing Ceremony will be broadcast in the UK on BBC2 from 2.30pm with the Flag Handover Ceremony starting at approximately 3.30pm.

Laura Savage, 23, from Foxbar, said: “I don’t even know where the boot camp is! I’m really excited and looking forward to it. It’ll be good to go and learn some choreography.”

The six dancers have been funded by Renfrewshire’s Local Area Committees for this project.

Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade campaign has been named runner up for a national award by the Fairtrade Foundation.

Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group was runner up for the Best Outreach and Networking Campaign in the Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 awards.

The awards, sponsored by the Co-operative Group, celebrate the achievements of Fairtrade campaigners and supporters during the annual two-week Fairtrade Fortnight campaign, this year held from 22nd February – 7th March 2010.
Fairtrade Fortnight is promoted by networks around the country including businesses, charities, trade unions, student groups, churches and other faith-based organisations. Thousands of people organized events all over the country to raise awareness of Fairtrade, and encourage people to swap to Fairtrade products, in keeping with the overall theme of Fairtrade Fortnight 2010: The Big Swap.

The judging panel were impressed with Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Fortnight events including a Fairtrade Tea Dance, Tea Party, roadshow and producer visits to schools as well as taking part in national events such as the COSLA conference. They also praised Renfrewshire’s
‘ I Swap’ campaign as an excellent resource for getting people to sign up to pledges to swap their regular shopping items for Fairtrade versions.

Councillor Brian Lawson, chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “This is a huge compliment to the volunteers who have made Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade campaign such a success. Without their dedication we would not be able to run such a range of events and initiatives which enable us to reach out to all aspects of our communities and beyond.

“Since Fairtrade Fortnight we’ve continued to spread the Fairtrade message by taking part in a wide range of events from running a schools World Fairtrade Day poster campaign, to handing out Fairtrade bananas to the 1500 runners in this year’s Paisley 10k, thanks to support from the Co-operative Group.

“We are all delighted with this award and will put the prize money to good use continuing our success with next year’s Fairtrade Fortnight.”

The winners will be presented with prizes by Fairtrade Foundation Executive Director Harriet Lamb, at the national Fairtrade Supporter Conference at Kings College London on Saturday 9 October.
400 Fairtrade campaigners from around the UK will attend to share the latest Fairtrade news, hear from keynote speakers and pick up new skills to help promote Fairtrade in their local communities. For full details of the conference visit: www.fairtrade.org.uk/supporterconference2010.
Veronica Pasteur, competition judge and Head of Campaigns at the Fairtrade Foundation said: ‘I wish we could award prizes to all the groups across the country who put on an amazing range of events and activities during Fairtrade Fortnight 2010. But these winners showcase some of the most creative, interesting, far-reaching and media-worthy actions that happened as part of the Big Swap and we hope that the funding they receive as part of their award will help them to greater things in Fairtrade Fortnight 2011! Huge congratulations to everyone involved: the winners and all the Fairtrade Town groups as well as schools, universities and faith groups who got involved in Fairtrade Fortnight. Together we reached more people than ever with the Fairtrade message, helping them to understand the impact of Fairtrade and make positive choices when they shop to ensure farmers and workers get a better deal..’

For those staff and those affected by the parking problems in and around the Royal Alexandra Hospital Paisley, the health board has been taken to task by Renfrewshire Council and its councillors, this was sent in to me by Councillor George Adam explaining the head of Roads reply to a stern letter written to the Health board regarding the problems.

Following recent problems over parking displacement onto streets around the
RAH, we met again yesterday afternoon with senior management of the Health
Board. Management of the RAH propose to issue a further 200
(approximately) permits to staff and allocate a significant proportion of
the short stay car park (the large car park to the front of the hospital)
for staff parking. These measures should be in place by Monday next week.

This should have an impact on the amount of cars parked on street around
the hospital and we will monitor the effect of this. It is likely that we
will meet again with management later next week to discuss the outcome. RAH
and Health Board management have committed to resolving the current problem
whereby on site parking is under utilised.

Are you a staff member or a patient and have been inconvenienced by the whole experience please contact us at enquiries@paisley.org.uk or leave a comment below.

Thanks to Councillor Adam for keeping us up to date and also to the council for their efforts to resolve the issue.

Jog On

Hot on the heels of the success of the Paisley 10k, Jogging Buddies is looking for new members.

Jogging Buddies is Renfrewshire’s very own jogging network. It is part of the national jogscotland programme and aims to encourage people to gradually increase their activity levels to help improve their health and well being.

Joggers of all abilities are welcome to join any of the Jogging Buddies venues. If you have never jogged before don’t despair! Jogging Buddies will be organising new beginners walk/jog classes at all its venues on the week commencing 20th September.

Jogging Buddies venues:

Houston Village Hall, Monday 6.30pm
Renfrew Leisure Centre, Mondays 6.30pm
Lagoon Leisure Centre, Tuesdays 6.00pm
Glennifer High School. Tuesdays 6.30pm
McKillop Institute Lochwinnoch Wednesdays 6.30pm
Ralston Community Sports Centre Wednesdays 7.00pm
Elderslie Village Hall Thursdays 6.30pm
Erskine Sports Centre, Thursdays 6.30pm
Linwood Sports Centre, Saturdays 10.00am
Further information:
01505 810936

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The Happening 2010
Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, Paisley, PA1 1JF
Tuesday 16th November 2010
09.30am – 4pm

The Happening is a one day Social Enterprise Trade Fair which will provide the opportunity to buy and sell goods from Social Enterprises from all over the West of Scotland and network with other social entrepreneurs. There will also be the opportunity to attend workshops, visit local social enterprises and visit the cafe supplied by local social enterprises.

This fair is suitable for anyone interested in social enterprise, business and community life, including those working in Third Sector organisations, local authorities, chambers of commerce, public sector agencies and the private sector. A number of social enterprises drawn from across the West of Scotland will be exhibiting/trading goods.

For full event details please see the attached flier.

Further information:
Anne Keir
0141 587 2487

New Media Breakfast with fatBuzz – Facebook for Business
Phoenix Honda showroom, Linwood
Tuesday 14th September 2010
8 – 10am

Facebook is without doubt the largest and most popular social network with over 400 million users world wide, it’s difficult to avoid it nowadays with such a large following of private and business users.

Are you getting the most from your Facebook activity? Is your Facebook set up properly for your business; should you use a Group, a Facebook Page, Facebook Causes or, your personal profile? How do you determine your privacy settings? These are all questions this event will explore.

Renfrewshire Chamber members fatBuzz, (formally known as Podcastmatters) are bringing this interactive and innovative New Media Breakfast to Renfrewshire.

Renfrewshire Chamber said, “Their events are now a must attend fixture in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness and we are delighted to have them come and engage with our members.”

Member Cost: £15 + VAT / non member £20 + vat

NOTE: Charities can book a place at the reduced rate of £15 plus VAT whether they are members or not.

Further information:
0141 847 5465

All-round Scottish entertainer Johnny Beattie has signed up to host the 2011 Provost’s Community Awards.

The much-loved actor and comedian will join Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson in honouring the area’s unsung heroes at the glittering ceremony next year.

Nominations for the awards which will be held on 26 February 2011 are now open.

Johnny began his career in Scottish music hall before going on to appear in over 200 TV programmes including Taggart and River City.

Johnny said: “I am very impressed by the Provost and the good work she does for the community. It is marvellous that the council holds these awards every year because it is so important to honour the community’s local heroes. It is for that reason that I am delighted to be involved in this year’s ceremony.”

Recently Johnny joined Provost Lawson in leading the tributes to his fellow performer Kenneth McKellar, at a special service at Paisley Abbey.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “I am absolutely delighted that Johnny Beattie has agreed to come along and compere the Provost’s Community Awards. I had the pleasure of meeting Johnny at the celebration of Kenneth McKellar’s life recently held in Paisley. He is a hugely amusing and talented performer with a heart of gold who gives his time freely to support charities such as The Variety Club of Great Britain. As a testament to his generosity, Johnny agreed to compere the Provost’s Community Awards free of charge with a donation instead being made to St Margaret’s Hospice in Clydebank.

“This is exactly the kind of giving and kind-hearted gesture that the awards are all about so he really will be a fitting compere. I am sure everyone at the ceremony will have a wonderful time.”

The Provost’s Community Awards recognise people who live and work in Renfrewshire who are an inspiration to others either through their personal achievements or contribution to their community.

Nominations are invited for the seven categories, which are:

Child of Achievement, sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd
Carer’s Award, sponsored by Former Provost Nancy Allison
Community Volunteer, sponsored by Ciba UK
Special Needs, sponsored by Scottish Power and Former Provost Ronnie and Mrs Helen Burns
Arts and Culture, sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services
Adult Achiever, sponsored by Diageo
Spirit of Fairtrade, sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre
Provost Lawson added: “These awards offer a chance to put forward someone you know, a friend, a colleague, a pupil or loved one, who may not realise it but has inspired you with their own achievements.

“The awards have been going for 13 years now and every year I am astounded by the moving stories of ordinary people leading extraordinary lives.”

If you know a special person who deserves to be nominated for an award just pick up a form from any Renfrewshire Council building or fill in the form online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostsawards. If you have difficulty finding a form please phone Drew Gibson on 0141 840 3363 or Mairi Brown on 0141 840 3706.
Nominations must be received by Friday 29 October 2009. The awards are open to people who live and work in Renfrewshire.

On Sunday 12 September 2010 two determined friends are cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh in Memory of Alan Donaldson and in support of Epilepsy Bereaved
About Alan: Alan Donaldson tragically died at the age of 29 from Sudden Unexpected Death in EPilepsy (SUDEP) on 2nd of January 2010, Alan had lived with epilepsy for many years but he never let it stop him achieving anything in life such as gaining a first class honours degree and masters as well as travelling over the world. Alan was a loyal friend to many, dearly loved son, brother & partner. Alan would have celebrated his 30th Birthday on the 2nd September 2010. Alan had a passion for football, music and current affairs, he was a very intellectual young man with a vigour for life which has inspired many people to help support the charity SUDEP.

The Cycle: Jamie Grant (age 25) and Scott Duncan (age 30) from Renfrewshire are cycling 51 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh (as part of Pedal for Scotland) in aid of SUDEP to help raise awareness of a startling fact that is not yet well known: 3 people die suddenly every day in their prime across the UK from epilepsy. Jamie and Scott are also trying to help Alan’s family and friends meet their fundraising target of £20,000 towards the SUDEP charity which they are very determined and motivated to achieving.

Fundraising Site
http://www.justgiving.com/alan-donaldson or
Other Great Fundraising Story
On Saturday 4th September 2010 – 125 family & friends were inspired by a photo once taken of Alan at the summit of Ben Lomond. They walked up the 3196 feet high Ben Lomond to celebrate Alan’s Life and Memory as he would have been 30 that week if he had not been taken by SUDEP.

This is an excellent opportunity to get out to buildings and parts of that building you normally can not access.. Also dont just go yourself, join up with others via the website and have a good old sociable day out..

Renfrewshire’s biggest entertainment complex, a hospice therapy unit and a hotel are joining more traditional choices such as churches and museums in a show of Renfrewshire’s heritage.

Xscape Braehead, Ash Tree hotel and the Accord Hospice therapy unit, both in Paisley, will all feature in Renfrewshire’s 17th Doors Open Day programme on the weekend of September 11/12.

Doors Open Day gives people free access to buildings or historic sites which aren’t always open or accessible to the general public. The event is supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Department of Planning and Transport.

Sixty venues will be participating. On Saturday 11 September venues in Paisley, Bishopton, Inchinnan, Renfrew and Erskine will be open. On Sunday 12 September the venues in Johnstone, Elderslie, Renfrew and Erskine will be on show.

Once again Doors Open Day visitors in Paisley will have the opportunity of being transported between venues in style thanks to funeral directors J and W Goudie. The firm is again laying on a limousine shuttle.

This year’s programme also features the popular Renfrewshire Children’s Passport. Youngsters who have their passport stamped at five participating venues can claim a certificate and gift at Paisley Museum.

Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley Museum and Paisley Town Hall will be opening their doors for the annual national event. This year is the 29th anniversary of Doors Open Day and also the 29th Anniversary of children’s author Roald Dahl’s death. In celebration of Dahl’s fantastic stories, take a tour of Charlie’s Chocolate Factory using clever CGI technology at Paisley Town Hall; make your own ‘Witches’ hat at Paisley Arts Centre; and find escaped insects from James’ giant peach at Paisley Museum!

Archaeology again features prominently with excavations at Paisley Abbey. That will involve a further dig which should reveal more about the construction history of the Abbey Drain. There will also be an archaeological evaluation of site of the west range of the Abbey’s monastic cloister which was demolished in 1874.

“There’s something for everyone, whatever their age or interest, in this year’s Renfrewshire Doors Open Day programme,” said Councillor Iain Nicholson, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Planning and Economic Development Policy Board.

“One of the main ideas behind the Doors Open Day programme is to show people the continuing relevance of an area’s past. Nowhere is that more true than in Renfrewshire. We are proud of our heritage and Doors Open Day gives people the chances to visit free of charge iconic buildings and sites in towns and communities across Renfrewshire.”

The Renfrewshire Doors Open Day programme and Children’s Passport will be available in the next few days from council offices, libraries, arts centres and museums, as well as Paisley tourist information centre, Paisley Abbey, India of Inchinnan, Braehead/Xscape.

Both programmes are available online on our Doors Open Day page.

The Community Champions for the month of September:

ROAR is a consortium of voluntary and social economy organisations, based in Renfrewshire, working together to offer low level care and befriending services for older adults.

The delivery model for the service is a Public Social Partnership (PSP). Our partners include Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Renfrewshire Community Health Initiative, Renfrewshire Seniors Forum and WRVS and Alzheimer’s Scotland who also provide the services for ROAR.

Older Adult Social Isolation

ROAR aim to combat the crisis of social isolation within over 55’s in Renfrewshire. Using measures to help prevent decreasing health by improving health and well being and providing somewhere which is safe and friendly for older adults to enjoy social activity. ROAR hope by putting in place these preventative measures they will help to increase self confidence, maximise independence and ultimately improve the quality of life for Renfrewshire’s older people.

What ROAR Offer

ROAR have a lot to offer, including a befriending service for both home visits and out in the community. They can also provide transport to and from appointments or out to one of our ROAR clubs where members can enjoy a 2 course meal for only £2.

At their clubs members also benefit from advice services provided by Citizens Advice Bureau and a health & well being programme that includes hand massages, gentle exercise and games days. ROAR also provide handy person services to help with small jobs around the house.

ROAR Volunteering

ROAR always welcome new volunteers to help in any of their services. If you are a compassionate, helpful individual who enjoys being involved with your local community, no matter what age or experience you have, they may have the right volunteering position for you.

There are positions within their clubs as organisers, or befriending opportunities out with the clubs. There are also opportunities for drivers to provide transport services to older adults. Or you could help with our handy persons services.

As volunteers you can develop new skills and gain experience. You can give as much or as little time as you want, enjoy being part of a team and most of all help make a small difference to someone’s life.

Contact Information:

c/o Airlink Business Centre
24 Clark Street

T: 0141 889 7481
F: 01418893974
E: roar@rcvsweb.co.uk